Daugh­ters re­ported miss­ing mother in 2003

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THE daugh­ters of a woman whose body lay undis­cov­ered be­neath builder’s rub­ble in a back gar­den for 12 years had asked the Sal­va­tion Army to try to find her.

Denise Greaves and her sis­ter Natalia Cox went to the char­ity af­ter Natalia Wilka­noswka, 50, did not at­tend their fa­ther and her es­tranged hus­band Ger­ald Do­herty’s fu­neral in Port Glasgow in 2003.

Ms Wilka­noswka, 50, had not been seen since April 2003. Her body was found in 2015 in the gar­den of a prop­erty in Lu­ton.

Lu­ton Crown Court has al­ready heard claims Mr Do­herty killed her, with a pathol­o­gist sug­gest­ing she may have died af­ter fall­ing down a flight of stairs or be­ing hit by an ob­ject.

It is al­leged Mr Do­herty’s broth­ers Daniel and Joseph knew their sib­ling had killed Ms Wilka­nowska in 2003, but kept it se­cret from them.

Mrs Greaves told the trial she was con­tacted by her sis­ter, who told her their mother was in a dis­tressed state and wanted to be picked up from Eastbourne. They drove to the town, pick­ing up their fa­ther Ger­ald on the way.

When they ar­rived, she said she and Ms Cox went in­side, where they found their mother drink­ing with an­other man. She claimed the man tried to stop her leav­ing and Ms Wilka­nowska was beaten up be­fore they got her out.

She told the jury they put her in Natalia’s car and her fa­ther drove her mother’s car. Mrs Greaves said: “My dad said for us to go home and he would take her to safety.”

When her mother did not at­tend his fu­neral she re­ported her miss­ing to po­lice be­fore go­ing to the Sal­va­tion Army.

Daniel Do­herty, 67, of Lu­ton, and Joseph Do­herty, 73, of Port Glasgow, deny per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and ob­struct­ing the coro­ner over the death.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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